STOP POST COMBAT STRESS DISORDER SUICIDES
How long can a military or nation survive,
Who steadfastly refuses or neglects…
To honor praiseworthy wounded warriors,
But rather those despondent souls, they allow to die?
Because psychological wounds do not bleed,
Cries for respect and decency, they do not heed…
Then, by their-own quivering hands… fated to die,
In forsaken tombs, condemned, forever to lie?
A simple, justified concept and proposal,
To ease despair is at our nation’s disposal…
Restoring dignity and honor to a broken spirit,
Award a PCSD Purple Heart Medal to all who merit!
COURAGEOUS WARRIORS DESERVE TO SURVIVE!
~ I ASK YOU AND THOSE IN AUTHORITY ~
When applicable, the military and Veterans Administration routinely classify and denote on their official medical reports the cause of a warrior’s combat stress as “battle” why then, do they refuse to award those such wounded warriors/veterans a Purple Heart Medal?
~ PCSD IS AN ENEMY INFLICTED WOUND! ~
A Post Combat Stress Disorder Website
If combat stress does not come from the enemy...
where in the hell does it come from?
MAKE NO MISTAKE!
Highly contested, intense combat leaves no warrior unscathed!
Psychological wounds are inherent to bitter and bloody battle!
If a warrior/veteran is classified as 100% service connected, permanently and totally disabled because of stress directly caused by his/her honorable and brave participation in mortal combat against America's enemies, why then, in this age of modern medical science, is he/she not considered and declared combat wounded by our military and Veterans Administration? Griffin’s Lair addresses this vital question and is committed to correcting this critical injustice and hopes that you will join our “band of brothers” fighting to right this terrible wrong that is killing our nation’s heroes! I ask you, if a warrior or combat veteran commits suicide because of said stress, is he not a casualty of war, albeit indirectly, combat? Of course he is! He did not suffer the stress because the enemy was handing out coffee and donuts, as one of my VA doctors so succinctly put it! Furthermore, how does the government think the families of these fallen warriors feel after suffering such a terrible, perhaps preventable loss by suicide? Why is it these families do not have an honorable and tangible testament and symbol to recognize the bravery and suffering that caused their fallen warrior’s many sacrifices, and ultimate waste of life that resulted from his/her courageous actions against America’s deadly enemies on the battlefields of freedom? Does our governmental and military leaders think the stigmas of shame, dejection, isolation, depression and other agonies are a fitting tribute to these fallen heroes? I certainly hope not! PCSD is enemy inflicted, without doubt! Why then does our government and military not admit it and do what is right? The awarding of Purple Heart Medals to these warriors may very well reduce the severity of the psychological wounds these warriors are suffering from, and may also reduce the appalling number of suicides plaguing our military and veteran families. It is a national disgrace that our leaders are doing nothing to eliminate this unacceptable situation! In the past, and unfortunately presently, our government is blindly exacerbating the problems of these terrible wounds by only treating the symptoms and not recognizing and addressing the cause! Combat stress does not result from an individual's weaknesses! PCSD is caused by direct, intense combat! Where is the “hue and cry” of the public… hell, where is the OUTRAGE! You can be part of the remedy! Please, speak out people! Write or call your representatives and tell them to support the PCSD concept and Purple Heart Medal proposal outlined further down this page by introducing/co-signing a bill to make it law. The life you save may be you’re own, or that of your loved one!
Merriam-Webster - Definition of WOUND
1 : an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues
2 : A MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL HURT OR BLOW!
One man's stream may be another man's river, but... a wound is a wound is a wound!
Is not the inexcusable number of suicidal bullet holes through our distressed warriors' brains proof enough that PCSD is a genuine wound? IT SURE AS HELL NEEDS TO BE! ASAP!
END STIGMA – SOLVE ENIGMA!
PLEASE HELP END THE SUICIDES!
PCSD stems from the intentional, constant threat of, and employment of deadly enemy force and evolves by consistently overcoming said threats and actions by performing bravely and admirably in battle effectively engaging the enemy (i.e. killing, wounding, capturing, causing them to surrender and/or retreat) despite the associated, natural worries. It is not caused by fear! Fear is suppressed and ignored!
"IN HIS STRENGTH HE GOES OUT AGAINST THE ARMS OF WAR, TURNING NOT AWAY FROM THE SWORD." NOW, IN HIS NEED, DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON HIM!
"THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HERO AND A COWARD IS: A HERO CONTROLS HIS FEAR!" - A common 101st Airborne saying. And they should know, as they are a division of heroes! HOOAH!
Address the cause and treat the symptoms!
SEPARATE WARRIORS FROM VICTIMS!
GRIFFIN'S LAIR IS AIRBORNE
THE FIRST STEP IS A LONG ONE!
DSL ASSURES RAPID DEPLOYMENT!
RATE OF DESCENT IS UP TO YOU & YOUR EQUIPMENT!
© Do not accept with open arms what should not be tolerated for the sake of political correctness for you shall certainly find yourself in an uncontrollable fall to Hades! -Peter S. Griffin
©YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO WAR TO BECOME AN AMERICAN HERO!
PREVENT WARRIOR SUICIDES;
SCREAM UNTIL CAPITOL HILL HEARS YOUR HUE AND CRY!
Under this PCSD Concept, I ask all who read these criteria, what are the statistics of suicide for VICTIMS of PTSD? Meaning all who suffered a stress disorder caused by trauma from accidents, crime and natural disasters combined. I assure you it in no way, shape or form can compare to twenty two cases per day of suicide by combat personnel and/or combat veterans!
“Fifty-eight-thousand-plus Americans died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide since the war ended!”
In the last twelve years more warriors have committed suicide than were killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars!
“The suicide rate among veterans who have completed the local VA program is estimated at 2.5 per hundred!”
Don’t these figures alone scream out for a fresh, new perspective at the CAUSE of combat suffered stress and demand a concept where warriors (who are not victims – stress is inherent to the profession) are separated from the VICTIMS of other causes and forms of stress. PCSD, in this concept has nothing to do with the other three categories mentioned!
There are some who will claim that the figures are relatively the same for PTSD from non-military, INHERITED mental illnesses, long term mental and physical abuses, degree of severity of exposure to trauma and circumstances, etc. in the civilian population. All well and good…. but this only proves that all people are at risk for suicide from certain types of severe traumatic exposure… and statistics can be manipulated and applied to support or detract a certain stance as one seems fit… there are simply too many variables to establish complete validity to the numbers!
The applicable and apparent difference is the trauma of combat is part and parcel and is INHERENT only to the occupation of serving as a warrior, in the military… not the genetics of the individual! PCSD is the “nature of the beast” i.e. THE ENEMY and must be assumed that those thus affected would not suffer the enemy-inflicted wound of PCSD if they never joined the military and went into battle!
All GIs are examined by medical and mental health professionals when entering the military and at that point are adjudged as “fit for duty” or rejected and sent on their way! Thus establishing the fact that warriors are of “good stock” at the time they entered the military, which demands and end to the argument that PCSD is no different than PTSD! And that is the reason why the military and the VA acknowledge combat stress and care for and compensate those warriors so wounded!
The military’s current stance of indifference and implied “weakness” (well-meaning or not) of these wounded warriors only leads to, and exacerbates “the undoing of character” in the individual and makes them more susceptible to other contingencies inherent to modern day military service such as repeated and lengthy deployments, the stop loss policy, separation from family, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal activities, accumulation of debt, divorce, risk of demotion, premature end of career, loss of personal pride and honor, and worst of all, self-destruction of an otherwise good person and admirable warrior. One of the saddest things in life to see is a principled and brave warrior in the gutter. I believe our military and society will not let this continue to happen knowing that this despicable condition does not have to be…. by just doing right by these brave men and woman who give/gave so much of themselves, protecting us, our freedoms and our nation. All we have to do is recognize that not only do they risk life and limbs… they also risk their mental health… FOR US! They too, deserve an even footing in their pursuit of happiness and the American dream.
I believe if the PCSD Concept is adopted by the military it will establish a basis of honor for the profession and dignity for the individual, thus creating a foundation of acceptability that will encourage warriors to admit they have been thus wounded and seek out professional treatment before the downward slippery slope of misconduct can begin or continue, therefore preserving both the ability of the warrior to continue in the military and the well-being and self-pride of the warriors themselves.
Lastly, for the sake of justice and non-discrimination, the military should adopt the PCSD Concept for military purposes (even if the medical & psychiatric manuals are not changed) because all who suffer disabling wounds should and must be honored and awarded to preserve the principles and dignity of the profession and the warrior, “DUTY – HONOR – COUNTRY!” They must grant parity for all wounded warriors!
GOOD NEWS! - RECOGNITION FOR ENEMY INFLICTED COMBAT BLOODLESS WOUND!
NPR - March 17, 2011: "Acknowledging that commanders have sometimes wrongly denied the Purple Heart to soldiers who suffered battlefield concussions, the Army plans to issue new guidance to clarify when such recognition is warranted, Army officials said Wednesday."
PCSD HAS BEEN DENIED TOO LONG!
NOW IS THE TIME TO RIGHT A TERRIBLE WRONG!
"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body." - Ephesians 4:25
IN WAR ALL COMBAT WOUNDED MUST BE INCLUDED TO PRESERVE UNITY, HARMONY AND IMPARTIALITY IN OUR BAND OF BROTHERS!
"...seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." - Matthew 13:13
I pray those in authority see, hear, understand and have the wisdom to adopt and enact this concept before more lives are ruined or lost!
A simple little device, a silent, "thank you" and long overdue respect could reduce so much pain and save so many precious lives...COMBAT STRESS?
Post Combat Stress Disorder is an honorable enemy inflicted wound.
It is time it is treated as such!
ABOVE THE REST!
A WARRIOR’S PRIDE…
By Peter S. Griffin
A WARRIOR'S PRIDE...
In battle, valorous, there is nothing to hide.
Back to back, brave soldiers fought and bled…
Sadly, a hero remembers the wounded, the dead.
Amazing records stand evident, “Above the rest!”
They are all courageous, America’s best!
Years after battles end, the bell still tolls,
The Grim Reaper, defiling, stealing bold, daring souls.
Intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares agonize night and day!
An appalling price, warriors must pay!
Unrelenting, PCSD taking its dreadful toll!
Torment batters their minds and souls!
"Combat wounded? Hell no! Just weak and afraid!" the ignorant say.
Gossip, slander, libel... how to keep it at bay?
Fools reign on his darkest of days!
"Intense fear, helplessness or horror in war?”
False accusations corrupt truth to the core!
I ask you to join me... we'll fight at his side,
Then, not one more early grave will ever hide...
A WARRIOR'S PRIDE!
PLEASE HELP STOP THE SUICIDES!
THE NATURE OF PCSD
©Nothing is more intense than fighting for your life for the sake of your country, its people and your beliefs. Every aspect and moment of it is ingrained in your being and the fervor of it touches your very soul. In no other situation is the difference between life and death, for self and others, determined by the immediate actions of those involved in the struggle for survival in the heat of battle. The chaos, immensity and passion of it all overwhelm the senses and time stalls in the reality and memory of it. One’s actions and deeds are entwined with the sacrifices and sufferings of everyone at hand. All… all is endured for the sake of something bigger than self. All is for your God, family, freedom, country and the love of your fellow man. This is the sanctified nature of Post Combat Stress Disorder (PCSD) and that is what separates it from all other anxiety disorders.
From a medical standpoint, in my opinion, there is little, if any, significant difference between combat related PTSD (not PCSD) and PTSD manifested as a result of traumatic events that occur in the “civilian” world.
However, victims of crime, natural disasters and accidents (PTSD) are caught in circumstances beyond their control. Police, (Of course, stress disorders resulting from police combat should be referred to as PCSD.) fire, EMT, first responders, etc. volunteer to rescue and treat such victims and should be lauded for their courage and selflessness.
A most important fact to remember: through the eyes of our nation's warriors and the proud, gung-ho military mind-set, only they are called upon to fight in far away lands, endure many deprivations, Spartan living conditions, constant threats to life, limb and mental health and last, but not least, take the lives of enemy combatants in protection of our homeland, national interests and freedom. This is the bloody nature of war and is the reason PCSD should be classified separate from other stress related or caused disorders (including the less severe form of combat related PTSD - i.e. hunkering down but not fighting back) and considered a psychological, enemy inflicted wound.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life.” - James 1:12
Until the Armed Forces, the Veterans Administration and political leaders recognize, respect and acclaim those brave warriors who are most likely to suffer from PCSD… those who distinguished themselves in battle and shouted, “Follow me!” … Despair and suicide will continue to reduce their ranks… at the expense of us all! Officials must admit that PCSD affects the bravest of the brave and remove the injurious stigma of perceived and mistaken weakness! The demoralization and dejection of them must end now… before more warriors are victimized or lost!
It is up to the government “to separate the wheat from the shaft” by identifying and punishing those who fraudulently claim to have served our nation and our people so valorously and loyally! Not only are these imposters discrediting our true warriors, they are impairing the prompt and proper treatment of those who need it the most, at the cost of some of the lives of our nation’s heroes!
KEEP IN MIND
ONLY 15% OF U.S. TROOPS IN VIETNAM ACTIVELY ENGAGED ENEMY!
VFW Magazine - February 2010
Think about it... why would any reasonable and prudent GI volunteer for hazardous duty in an elite force and constantly put their life on the line if any “remf, ghost or slacker” could obtain the same recognition, medical treatment and “earned” benefits easily obtained by any “chairborne commando” who claims he bore the brunt of the battle? Yes… warriors receive medals and recognition for completing a job well above standard! They put great value on these awards for they earned them the hard way. Everything that graces their uniform and enhances their esprit de corps has great meaning to them and the military... because the military knows the value of keeping morale and standards high to achieve and maintain exemplary performance… through individual and unit recognition! Never forget... our military exists for one reason and one reason only... and that is to seek out the enemies of our people, our way of life and our nation and destroy them! Those suffering from PCSD did exactly that! They did the grunt work, and they are paying a very high price for going where others feared to go and doing what others feared to do! Because of these facts they and PCSD, itself, deserve to be placed in the highest valued category. Why? I’ll say it again… because warriors got PCSD fighting bravely for their country, they suffer terribly because of it and they deserve to be lauded and be proud of it! Our daring warriors suffering from PCSD will forever sacrifice and suffer for your freedom… it is the nature of war and the resulting, inevitable PCSD. Can you find it in your heart to grant them the dignity they have truly earned? All who love the freedoms they secure for this great nation owe them that much! Support The Lair's PCSD Concept and Purple Heart Medal Proposal! Please provide them this opportunity for a brighter tomorrow, thank you!
Just over 58,000 U.S. combat troops in Vietnam were killed-in-action.
TO DATE: 120,000 plus HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE DUE TO PCSD!
On 5 December, 2010 I sent letters to Senator Burr, Senator Hagan and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (all NC) asking them to sponsor/cosponsor a bill supporting the Lair’s PCSD Concept and PHM Proposal and to form a bi-partisan committee to make it law. Yesterday, 3 February 2011 I heard from Senator Burr’s Office that he is presently considering my request. Senator Burr is the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. So… there is hope, please keep up your support and prayers for this effort. Thanks, Grif.
TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE SOME LIVES!
©POST COMBAT STRESS DISORDER
By Peter S. Griffin
"HE AIN'T HEAVY
HE'S MY BROTHER!"
Till the end of time, I tend him as no other…
Way too many bitter and bloody fights,
Dead and wounded, haunt me day and night...
Not one, not one… do I leave behind,
Forever true… I carry one, then another...
Non-stop, forever and always, in my mind,
Perpetually bound, our "Band of Brothers."
I LOVE THEM ALL AS LIKE NO OTHER!
(How many soldiers are wounded in the above photo?)
"For as he thinks within himself, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7
©If my mental health is anomalous because I fought bravely for my country, My God, my beliefs, my family, my friends and for caring about my fellow man, I humbly pray my mind will continue to decline everyday, for the rest of my life! Grif
~ MISSION STATEMENT ~
WARRIOR HELPING WARRIOR!
AN ALLY OF PROFESSIONAL CARE
“Dignity comes from deserving honors,
Not from possessing them.” Aristotle
(Why do the bravest of the brave have to wait and suffer so needlessly?)
The mission of Griffin's Lair is to assist all in need of understanding Post Combat Stress Disorder "PCSD", combat-related PTSD, and PTSD (not war related) in a cathartic manner which benefits all afflicted by way of an informative, comprehensive (30+ pages) website which offers two compelling and poignant Post Combat Stress Disorder books, written by one who has suffered grievously, and continues to suffer through the ravages of this serious, life-ruining or life-ending disorder. These two books are from the heart, from warrior to warrior, to all those who suffer, or may suffer from combat stress in the future, and to all who love and care about them. To this end Griffin's Lair has also conceived, developed and is pleased to present a PCSD Concept and Purple Heart Medal Proposal that forms a common sense basis and easily definable levels of causal types of stress that coupled with professional care would aid and expedite the healing process and satisfy the rigidly proud, “military establishment and military mindset" as well as satisfy all victims of stress related trauma, not necessarily caused by direct, kill or be killed, combat exposure. The end results bringing dignity and inner peace to those who fought for our nation honorably and bravely by eliminating the undeserved stigmas presently attached to such serious, psychological wounds that all-to-often end so tragically.
Warriors suffering from PCSD deserve to be recognized and treated promptly with dignity, respect, and courtesy and receive the professional care they were promised by our government, during and after military service. Griffin's Lair is committed to seeing that long overdue honor and recognition is someday achieved for our courageous PCSD battle wounded and the plague of warrior/veteran suicides so painfully evident today comes to an abrupt, positive and final conclusion!
Your interest is appreciated and your support is solicited. Please, I ask you, again, to contact your political representatives and ask them to support Griffin’s Lair’s PCSD concept and Purple Heart Medal proposal. May God bless those who risk all for the sake of others... and may He bless you, you patriots who care about them!
WE CAN'T CHANGE THE UGLY FACE OF PCSD
WE CAN ONLY CHANGE HOW WE LOOK AT IT!
Got Post Combat Stress Disorder?
~ By Grif ~
You fought bravely for what is right,
Torment need not be your plight…
Love God with all thy might,
Fear not the dark of night…
Strive always to do what is right,
Your days become sunny and bright...
The dove of peace then takes flight!
THE TRUE ACCURATE DEFINITION AND CAUSE OF PCSD IS: ©COMBAT STRESS is a significant element of proficient armed, deadly enemies wounding and killing each other violently, traumatically and intentionally, inflicted in battle, usually not realized by those thus wounded (affected) until well after the life and death struggles end, i.e., PCSD! -Peter S. Griffin
~ THE COMBAT ARMS ~
INFANTRY ARTILLERY ARMOR
AND SOME OF THEIR SUBSIDIARY UNITS
A Post Combat Stress Disorder Website
that fights for the only MINORITY GROUP in this country whose voice is not heard and heeded by our military, political leaders and press:
AMERICA'S ELITE WARRIORS!
The United States military consists of less than 1% of more than 308 million Americans. Warriors, those who do the fighting up close and personal, make up only 1/8th of that one percent!
NEVER HAVE SO FEW PROTECTED SO MANY!
PTSD and PCSD may share the same symptoms but the cause of those symptoms is vastly different for those suffering from PCSD! Those suffering PTSD are victims who surrender all because of their fears! Those with PCSD are brave warriors who ignore their fears, repeatedly, and get the job done and the battles won! THAT IS ONE HELL OF A DIFFERENCE! Warriors must be made proud of their enemy inflicted PCSD wounds! They exposed themselves for the sake of others, our country, our interests and our way of life!
HEROES ARE NOT VICTIMS!
GRANT THEM THE DIGNITY THEY EARNED!
THEY DESERVE TO BE AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL!
PCSD WARRIORS ARE HEROES, THEY ARE NOT WEAK!
"...HE WHO SPREADS SLANDER IS A FOOL." - PROVERBS 10:18
AMERICA CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT IT!
Bitter, bloody fights… personal, toe-to-toe,
Pierces survivor’s mind and soul…
Seriously wounds, both friend and foe!
PCSD REVEALS A BRAVE WARRIOR'S COMBAT HISTORY!
Post Combat Stress Disorder is an honorable battle wound, inflicted by our nation's deadliest enemies! All battle wounds… both physical and psychological are a sign of a warrior's love for his people. Both should be treated with respect and dignity. Our government and people must realize and accept that PCSD is a very serious wound resulting from toe to toe… up close and personal combat before the plague of suicides affecting our military community and courageous veterans will subside!
~ Statistics from the U.S. Infantry Museum ~
IN WW I, WW II, KOREA AND VIETNAM
INFANTRY SUSTAINED 80% OF ARMY CASUALTIES!
Only one out of every 7.5 active duty soldiers are in the infantry!
More than half of all Medal of Honor recipients are infantrymen.
70% of all Army decorations for valor were awarded to infantrymen.
"On average 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Five of those veterans are under care at VA.” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
Dear Mr. Shinseki, if Post Combat Stress Disorder is not a wound, why does it put so many warriors in their tomb? Grif
CONQUERING PCSD TOGETHER!
WARRIORS HELPING WARRIORS!
"Only the dead have seen the end of the war."
DIGNITY, NOT DEATH!
PCSD warriors, willingly, you risked your all,
Not many others, brave enough to answer that call…
For risking life, limb and your mental health,
In Heaven, God has reserved your place and wealth!
Because you were willing to lay down your lives,
So unselfishly, for the sake of others…
Know that I am proud to be your friend and brother!
"The Mercy of God enlightens and strengthens."
Quelling the inner strife of
CHANGE THE NAME TO EASE THE PAIN!
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle..."
President Abraham Lincoln
REMOVE STIGMA SOLVE ENIGMA!
MAKE THE CHANGE TO END THE SHAME!
"The news that 22,000 veterans called the military's new suicide hotline in the past year was somewhat disturbing. Even more troubling was the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' estimate that 6,500 veterans actually commit suicide every year."
The Seattle Times - August 28, 2008
"Know this: wisdom is not knowledge. A lot of brilliant people have no wisdom at all. Wisdom is the ability to assimilate that knowledge to make decisions that are right, wise, and best for all concerned."
I pray our nation's leaders have the wisdom to implement the following PCSD Concept and Purple Heart Medal Proposal before many more lives are lost. These numbers demand that positive action be taken immediately! We have to change the way we look at combat stress to lessen or end the epidemic of suicides plaguing our military and combat veteran population. The solution is fundamental… we have to take something terrible and turn it into something better… we must turn it into something our heroes can live with!
GOT A BETTER PLAN? LETS HEAR IT!
TO DO NOTHING IS SHAMEFUL - SLACKERS ACT OR PACK!
To ignore this calamitous situation is tantamount to negligence, ignorance and incompetence and should provoke the ire of every freedom loving, fair-minded American to demand that impeachment and dismissal from elective or appointed office be taken against those who bury their heads in the sand regarding these matters! Loss of office is a trivial price to pay for forsaking the lives of American heroes the government is duty bound to care for! Our warriors and combat veterans deserve a bright and promising future! Lets make sure they have a fighting chance at getting one!
Political leaders, I ask you...
© Of what value is the power of the mighty, the riches of the treasury and the lessons of the ages without fear of the Lord in thy mind, courage in thy heart, goodness in thy soul, others before thy self, dignity in thy office, virtue in thy rulings, worthiness in thy subordinates and honor in thy name? It is always better to be morally right than to be politically correct! Govern thy people well and they will serve you and the nation for the betterment of the entire world.
HONOR LEADS – RESPECT FOLLOWS – RIGHT PREVAILS!
Support PCSD Purple Heart NOW, please!
Our troops don't deserve them posthumously!
They go through hell for you, all I ask is you cross the aisle for them!
~ Grif ~
America, the home of the brave... or wimps?
ABC NEWS RELEASE
1/8/09 - Pentagon - Purple Heart Won't Be Awarded for PTSD
~ AND ~
7/10/10 - From President Obama's radio announcement about PTSD criteria = "... fearing a traumatic event even if it doesn't occur."
"The Purple Heart recognizes those individuals wounded to a degree that requires treatment by a medical officer, in action with the enemy or as the result of enemy action where the intended effect of a specific enemy action is to kill or injure the service member," Defense Department Eileen Lainez said of the decision. "PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event." It is not "a wound intentionally caused by the enemy from an outside force or agent," but is a secondary effect caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event."
Lair reply: This might be true for rear echelon PTSD folks - "who might get bombed", but it certainly is not PCSD! Let Ms Lainez go a few rounds, toe-to-toe with hard-core enemy soldiers... I bet she'll change her wimpy attitude, ASAP! Post Combat Stress Disorder comes directly from intense, bitter, and bloody combat! And the enemy does it intentionally... and so do we! These people talk out both sides of their blowholes! They believe psychological warfare is a useful tool and that is all there is to it? Baloney! Don't Ms Lainez and her cohorts think our gallant Medal of Honor recipients and equally brave combat units inflict psychological wounds on surviving enemy soldiers who witnessed these magnificent warriors kill and physically wound their comrades despite many enemy advantages on the battlefield? Well... they do! Ask any defeated enemy soldier or force! Intense combat and the inherent, intentional psychological effects (warfare) result in both physical and psychological wounds! How come most warriors who get seriously wounded and bleed profusely suffer PCSD symptoms, also? I'll tell you why... because physical wounds affect the body and at the same time, psychological wounds can and do inflict the mind, and you do not have to be physically wounded to be psychologically wounded in intense battle where people are being killed and torn to pieces all around you! DUH!
FOR DECADES the criteria for awarding the PHM was simply "Any wound inflicted by the enemy." It has changed over the years to suit the whims of those in authority.
RECENTLY, the criteria for issuance of the PHM require that the wound must be treated on the battlefield by a medic or medical officer. I wonder what part of "Post" Combat Stress Disorder they do not comprehend?
LETS DEFEAT THIS BIASED, ARBITRARY BS! PCSD IS NOT THE SAME AS PTSD!
I ask Ms Lainez and the "Pentagon" the following pertinent questions:
Besides signaling messages, maiming and killing what is/was the purpose of:
Ancients - beating on personal shields?
Wanted posters - dead or alive?
Placing a bounty on individuals - monetary rewards?
Native Americans – war cries, war paint, scalping, and torture?
U.S. WW II Paratroopers - "Mohawk Indian haircuts?"
The Confederate Civil War “Rebel yell?”
Mines and booby traps?
Killing helpless enemy wounded?
Letting the wounded enemy moan in agony for comrades to hear until death silences them?
Leaving "death cards" on dead enemy bodies?
Utilizing loud speaker systems?
Blaring "classical" music on attack helicopters?
Dropping leaflets with enemy soldier grasped in the talons of a eagle?
Shock and awe bombings?
Japanese "Kamikaze" pilots?
Terrorists and suicide bombers yelling “Allah Akbar!” and the like?
Islamic women warriors screeching?
Japanese "Bonzai" yell and charge?
NVA blowing whistles and bugles?
NVA dragging off their dead so their opposition could not get an accurate body count and think they were invincible?
NVA sappers tying a 15-foot rope on their ankle so if killed another sapper can pull their body back to retrieve satchel charge to try again? Now that’s dedication! And it had the desired intentional psychological affect on their enemies!
Snipers picking off officers and patrol leaders?
Darn right… these are “enemy” tactics and weapons used to instill psychological fear and stress and these are just "off the top of my head!" There are many more too numerous to mention here!
America’s enemies utilize every means and method available to them to wound and kill our warriors. There is no doubt that enemy strength, proficiency, commitment (willingness to sacrifice all), ingenuity, appearance, brutality - deployments (tactics), employments (weaponry), stealth, camouflage capabilities, geographical knowledge, influences over the indigenous population, terror and the success and frequency of military operations all combine to skillfully and intentionally impose instability, worry and stress in the minds of their adversaries by constantly presenting real or perceived threats of danger and doom, that, over time, frequency and exposure inflicts the psychological wounds that eventually evolve into full blown PCSD thus disabling or killing (proxy - suicides) their victims.
HOW CAN THE PENTAGON (OR ANY WARING FACTION) EMPLOY THE TERM, TACTICS AND PRACTICE OF "PYSCHOLOGICAL WARFARE" (i.e. the use of psychological weapons) AND CLAIM THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS? PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS AS OLD AS WAR ITSELF AND SO ARE ITS ENEMY INFLICTED WOUNDS!
COMBAT AND DEADLY THREATS ARE "UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL" THEREFORE NO TWO INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCE THE SAME EXACT ACTION. THE REASONING THAT TWO WARRIORS EXPERIENCING THE SAME TRAUMA RESULTING IN ONE INDIVIDUAL SUFFERING PCSD FROM IT AND THE OTHER DOES NOT IS NOT A VALID ARGUMENT REAGARDING THE AWARDING OF THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL!
BOTTOM LINE - PCSD stems from enemy inflicted, horrific suffering, violent death, and the constant threat thereof!
For these reasons and more I respectfully disagree with Ms Lainez and the Pentagon’s findings and decision in this matter. Evidently, Ms Lainez is not a student of “Psychological Warfare!” Instilling fear, terror and stress through barbaric and horrific means is as old as war itself… and it is intentional! During the Revolutionary War, British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, commander of the notorious Tarleton’s Legion was merciless when it came to utilizing horrific tactics to instill psychological terror purposely in our forces by every ruthless means he could imagine. All to great success, I might add.
In recent history, only our nation has consistently restrained it’s military by abiding by the Geneva Accords! And we restrain ourselves in applying psychological means to entice our enemies to surrender by promising good treatment and fair dealings. Any violation is dealt with in accordance to law!
During WW II our enemies did not abide by “civilized” standards. The same can be said about our enemies in the Korean War and the war in Vietnam. The enemies of our nation and our people in this modern age are even more brutal… in every aspect of warfare, not to mention the killing and maiming of the helpless and innocent! Terror has no limitations! Our enemies are smart, cunning and inventive! And their intention in every action is to kill, maim and cripple as many of us as possible, on and off the battlefield by every means imaginable… including the psychological disabling and the “proxy killing” (suicide) of our warriors and combat veterans! I assure you that when a combat veteran suffering from Post Combat Stress Disorder violently commits suicide by “eating his gun” or “kissing a train”… it is not a “secondary effect” to him or his loved ones! I rest my case! Those in power, please, please, reconsider this unjust, poorly thought out decision! Thank you!
(1-11-09 I have asked (then) President Elect Obama, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Kay Hagan and the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to overide the Pentagon's decision.)
~ Grif ~
©Psychological Warfare inflicts Psychological Wounds!
INFLICTING MISERY AND DEATH IS NEVER UNINTENTIONAL OR SECONDARY!
REMEMBER, HEROIC WARRIORS CONTROL THEIR FEAR! THEY WILL REFUSE TREATMENT IF EMBARRASSMENT AND INSULT TARNISHES THEIR RIGHTFULLY PROUD REPUTATION, CODE OF CONDUCT, VALOROUS ACTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS! FRIVILOUS "PTSD" CRITERIA ONLY OPENS THE FLOOD GATES FOR TRIVIAL COMPLAINTS, FRAUD AND RIDICULE! CRY BABIES WILL OVERWHELM THE VA SYSTEM!
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access
“PTSD is a recognized anxiety disorder that can follow seeing or experiencing an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to which a person responds with intense fear, helplessness or horror, and is not uncommon in war.” (This is a direct insult to brave warriors suffering from PCSD! Grif)
WHAT IS DESCRIBED ABOVE IS VERY MUCH IN NEED OF CLARIFICATION! IF SUCH BEHAVIOR/REACTION OCCURS DURING OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER BATTLE IT IS COWARDNESS! IT DEFINITELY IS NOT POST COMBAT STRESS DISORDER! PCSD WOUNDED WARRIORS DO NOT RESPOND IN SUCH A MANNER! THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE ENEMY EVEN AFTER A LONG SERIES OF THE BLOODIEST OF BATTLES! VERY OFTEN, COMBAT OPERATIONS INVOLVE MANY BATTLES… ONE AFTER THE OTHER FOR WEEKS, EVEN MONTHS, AND ONE OPERATION FOLLOWS CLOSELY BEHIND ANOTHER… AND ANOTHER! PCSD WOUNDED WARRIORS HAVE ALWAYS PERFOMED BRAVELY AND ADMIRABLLY DURING VERY LONG BATTLES WITH LULLS IN BETWEEN!SOME SHOULD THINK BEFORE THEY SPEAK!
I ASK YOU… WHY ARE SOME TWO AND THREE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE AWARD RECIPIENTS (THEY FOUGHT DIRT LEVEL IN 2 - 3 WARS!) ONLY DIAGNOSED WITH PCSD WELL AFTER RETIREMENT FROM THE MILITARY? BECAUSE… THEY ARE TOUGH-AS-NAILS HEROES WHO REPEATINGLY IGNORED DANGER WHEN IT THREATHENED FOR DECADES! THIS IS THE CHARACTER OF THE AMERICAN WARRIOR! HOWEVER, SUCH REMARKABLE RESPONSES TO ENEMY ATTACK IN ACTIVE COMBAT, CAN EVENTUALLY SERIOUSLY WOUND HUMAN NERVOUS SYSTEMS. ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A PHYSCHIATRIST TO REALIZE THAT! WE ALL HAVE OUR LIMITATIONS. THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE CAN SUFFER FROM PCSD! WARRIORS WHO WERE AWARDED NUMEROUS VALOR MEDALS ARE PROBABLY THE MOST LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM PCSD THE WORST! YES, EVEN HEROES ARE FLESH AND BLOOD, AND NERVES… AND NERVES CAN BE WOUNDED! AN OFTEN ARE!
BRAVERY VERSES COWARDNESS REQUIRES BOLD DEFINITIONS AND A VERY CLEAR DEMARCATION LINE! THAT FEDERAL REGISTER STATEMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED VOID FOR VAGUENESS... IT DOES NOT ACCURATELY DESCRIBE PCSD AND IS A DIRECT, RUDE AND ILLITERATE INSULT TO OUR NATION'S WARRIORS! HOW CAN SO CALLED PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE BE SO UNEDUCATED IN REGARD TO OUR MILITARY AND ITS QUALITY OF WARRIORS? IT BOGGLES THE MIND! Grif
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